Innovation articles

18 02, 2019

The single best way to improve your brainstorming sessions

By |2019-02-18T20:58:07+00:00February 18th, 2019|Innovation|0 Comments

Brainstorming doesn't work. At least, not the way most companies do it. And that is because most brainstorming sessions are not designed to deliver results for the company, only for the facilitator. You may have seen the four basic rules of brainstorming, taken from Alex Osborn's Applied Imagination: The Four Rules of Brainstorming: Go for [...]

12 02, 2019

Is your company just performing “Innovation Theatre”?

By |2019-02-12T18:39:38+00:00February 12th, 2019|Innovation|0 Comments

Most companies say that they are investing in innovation. They will showcase large initiatives for gaining ideas and suggestions from across the organisation. They will point to their last brainstorming session and say how successful it was, how it produced hundreds of ideas (or at least post it notes). And they will proudly announce to [...]

11 02, 2019

The ‘perfect’ office layout for innovation and productivity

By |2019-02-12T12:55:15+00:00February 11th, 2019|Innovation, Podcasts|0 Comments

Contents Future offices need to be flexible The death of open plan offices What office environments make people more creative? The 'perfect' office environment for innovation and productivity Conclusion and sources Everyone has seen pictures of the amazing open plan offices in Silicon Valley startups, which offer their staff quirks and perks: Wall paintings by [...]

30 01, 2019

What are the three things every idea needs to be successful? The balanced breakthrough model

By |2019-01-30T18:58:20+00:00January 30th, 2019|Innovation|0 Comments

What are the three things which every idea needs to be successful? At Deloitte, we have found that in order for an idea to succeed, it needs to possess three key attributes. Together, these three criteria form what we call the Balanced Breakthrough model The Balanced Breakthrough Model the balanced breakthrough model In [...]

30 01, 2019

The Tyranny of the Blank Page: How to get over writer’s block

By |2019-01-30T18:19:02+00:00January 30th, 2019|Innovation|0 Comments

Why are blank pages so scary? Whether it is in the form of a book to be written, a presentation to be delivered, a song to be scribed or any other creative output. The sight of a blank page is enough to prevent many people from ever getting started. But why is this? While there [...]

21 01, 2019

How to think of failure like a scientist

By |2019-01-21T14:26:48+00:00January 21st, 2019|Innovation|0 Comments

Failure is a strange thing in innovation management nowadays. For established like corporations, failure is something they try to engineer out of their processes, since failure of a project (even an innovation project) reflects badly on the company financially, as well as the people who suggested it and approved it. However, in the world of [...]

12 01, 2019

Why most innovation and creativity training are NOT designed to deliver results

By |2019-01-12T11:36:12+00:00January 12th, 2019|Innovation|0 Comments

Check out the short video above to understand why most innovation and creativity trainers don't actually care about the results for your business. This has been something that has bothered me for all of the years I have been in this industry. It is the difference between what counts as success for you and your [...]

3 12, 2018

How best to use innovation to fight corruption: 2 Case Studies

By |2018-12-03T00:24:55+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Innovation|1 Comment

Corruption is a huge problem. It is estimated by the United Nations that up to 5% of the global economy (estimated to be around $2.6 trillion) is lost to corruption annually. In one case I remember vividly from 2015, Nigeria's former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was arrested for allegedly stealing $2bn [Ed: Yes, that's [...]

15 10, 2018

65% of Venture Capital-backed deals fail to return investment, and only 4% make substantial returns

By |2018-10-15T06:30:18+00:00October 15th, 2018|Innovation|0 Comments

Everyone knows that investing in innovative new ideas carries a degree of risk. However, new data from Correlation Ventures shows just how risky investing in new companies can be. The chart above shows the financial outcomes for 21,640 different financing deals between 2004 and 2013 (note that these were the total number of deals, not individual [...]

5 10, 2018

New study shows whether collaboration is more effective than working alone (hint: it isn’t the best way…)

By |2018-10-05T06:49:12+00:00October 5th, 2018|Innovation|0 Comments

Who is more effective at problem-solving and finding solutions to difficult challenges? Is it groups of people collaborating on the challenge together, or individuals working alone? I came across the answer in a new research paper, and the result surprised me. Most innovation experts would advise that full-time collaboration is a basic requirement for building [...]

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